Chobham 43 – 15 Marlow
In front of over 200 supporters Chobham showed no hangover at Fowlers Wells last Saturday. The performance of the season left the visitors stunned and a great appetiser to the Christmas Party that evening. Back in September Marlow had bullied the Scarlett & Golds young team into submission and Robbie Kennard had a well rehearsed game plan to retaliate and get the win at home.
Chobham were relieved to see the return of the experienced trio of Justin Rowland and Dan Benton to the starting team and Reece Finnerty on the bench. Prior to the game 100 supporters had sat down to a Christmas Lunch and were in good voice to support from behind the barriers.
For the second week in a row the Chobham faithful saw double figure tries, this week it was the home team who scored seven tries. The game started very positively and saw flanker Harrison Jones score a try within five minutes and within 10 minutes Josh Sheppard had scored the second converted try of the day. But it was on the quarter hour point when Tongan International Tupou crashed over for the visitors to score on the left flank.
20 minutes later the dominant Dan Warren crashed over for the third converted try of the half. Ever present Pete McCain crashed over for the bonus point try before the half time whistle. But unfortunately, it would be Marlow’s Tupou who got the last score of the half from a quick penalty that saw Chobhams Joe Pye get a yellow card for a cynical tackle to try and stop the advantage of the quick penalty. Chobham went in at halftime 28-10 up at half time.
From the restart the Fowlers Wells crowd were rightly concerned that there may be a Chobham collapse in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as the Scarlet & Golds have gone through in recent games. This was underlined when Marlows centre Whiteley took advantage of a poor restart to get a well finished try.
Then the star of the day came alive on the right wing 15 minutes into the half with a well finished try in the right corner for Noah Jenkins, this was 17-year-old Noahs first try and all the other Chobham players raced to celebrate with him. You could literally replay the next two tries at 62 and 68 minutes as Jenkins finished fantastically each opportunity to earn a well-deserved hattrick. Chobham finished the game 43-15 victors and moved to 5th place in Regional 2 Thames. As new youngsters are playing week in week out for Chobham, we say happy retirement to Chris “Scampi” Kent who retired from playing to concentrate on is Forward Coaching responsibilities after 125 games for the Scarlett & Golds.
After the game Head Coach Robbie Kennard said “that was our greatest performance this season and we played for 80 minutes for the first time. A huge congratulations to Noah Jenkins on his three tries and taking home the match ball. Our backs looked dangerous v=every time the ball was in hand and our pack dominated the set piece. How much the home support spurred us on we will never know.
Sitting fifth at the Christmas break is a fantastic achievement for this ever-growing squad.
We now have a 2-week break and must prepare ourselves for Aylesbury in the New Year, we are very excited that hopefully we will have a number of players returning from injury too.”
After the game Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “what a great bounce back after last week, from one to eighteen we put in a great shift and this puts us in great stead for the post-Christmas games. I’m so pleased for 17-year-old Noah who showed maturity well above his years today, I think it was summed up by Marlows Director of Rugby Rory Greenslade-Jones who was aghast that 17-year-old had carved up their older backs so easily. Noah has a great future ahead.
We have two exciting fixtures over Christmas for our Under 22s, on Friday evening 22nd December we travel to Camberley and host Old Hamptonians the afternoon of 29th December. These boys are the future of Chobham and these are typically well attended games and are great quality games of rugby”
After the game Forwards Coach Chris Kent said “A brilliant end, to a brilliant calendar year of rugby. A huge 80-minute performance built on dominance in the collision area and control across the field at key times. We asked for a reaction after a disappointing week on the road last time out, and we got it in spades. Our scrum continues to dominate and create a great launch platform for our back line who were clinical from depth.
However, the real champions of the day were the Fowlers Wells faithful, a huge thank you to the 250+ who were in fine voice all afternoon. We go into Christmas for a well earned break, 5th in the league and carrying momentum.”
After the game Captain Guy Mawhood said “Firstly, the club celebrated a club lunch, which seated around 100 and that support was truly felt on the field. On the field, the boys were immense today. It was a real pleasure to run out with them. We were excellent in all departments.
First half we shot out the blocks and after 20+ phases we deservedly got over the line. We were relentless in attack and defence. We were clinical on numerous occasions and scored some really well worked tries.
The boys were equally relentless in the second half, again scoring some really good team tries. The boys were especially pleased to see, 17 year old, Noah go over in the second half for his Hat-trick try in the corner. He works hard in training and I think he’s finally growing in confidence to match his talent.
Overall, today was a great success for Chobham. A full clubhouse after the game and a great way to go into the Christmas break with a bonus point win. Thank you to everyone involved.
A special mention to Chris “Scampi” Kent for making his last appearance at 125 caps is a hell of a shift. I’ve only played with him for 2 years and he’s been a leader on and off the pitch. Thank you for all your hard work and effort at Chobham.
Have an excellent Christmas to everyone. Enjoy the time off.”
Starting: Pete McCain; Joseph Pym; Angus Hargan; Chris Kent; Dan Benton; Harrison Jones; Justin Rowland; Dan Warren; Guy Mawhood; Adam Peever; Noah Jenkins; Oli Guy; Sam Davies; Josh Sheppard; John Rumsey.
Replacements: Reece Finnerty; Ben Puttock; Joe Mousley.
Fri 22/12/23 – Camberley U22s -v- Chobham U22s – 7pm ko
Fri 29/12/23 – Chobham U22s -v- Old Hamptonians U22s – 2pm ko
Sat 06/01/24 – Aylesbury -v- Chobham 1st XV – 2pm ko
Sun 07/01/24 – Chobham Women -v- Thamesians Women – 2pm ko